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Proutist Vision Shared with Indian activists

by K. Subramaniyan Around 40 social activists participated in a 2 day workshop organized jointly by the Yusuf Meherally Centre and Proutist Forum, which was held in Puri, Odisha in January, 2019. Presentations were inspired by the failings of the present economic model; Oxfam’s most recent report on inequality; and the Prout model of economic democracy and decentralization.

Prout inspired cooperative wins prize for new local products

The coastal city of Oroquieta, Philippines is developing a more vibrant and resilient local economy thanks to implementing Prout principles. The new initiatives have led to an increase in local organic food production, small scale industries, employment, and the formation of cooperative enterprises in a way that protects and preserves the natural environment.

“AmaZen” is not a solution to Amazon’s worker exploitation

By Shriraksha Mohan Amazon recently announced the idea of equipping its workspaces with ‘AmaZen’ – small, enclosed cubes in which employees can enjoy quiet and peace to “focus on their mental wellbeing”. These pods come with interactive kiosks inside, where workers can watch videos on mental health and mindfulness. Amazon, a company which catapulted its founder, and soon-to-be ex-CEO Jeff Bezos to the status of…

BEYOND COVID-19: THE TRANSITION TO GAIAN LEADERSHIP

By Prof. Sohail Inayatullah In late February 2020, with my colleague, futurist and epidemiologist Peter Black, we, wrote a piece on COVID-19 scenarios and implications. We started as our departure point asking the question, was this a black swan or predictable event? Our conclusion was that the emergence of this zoonotic disease with planetary political, financial, and health implications was not just utterly predictable but…

SCIENCE WITH INCLUSIVE STORIES:

A NARRATIVE ANALYSIS OF SUCCESSES AND FAILURES IN MANAGING THE PANDEMIC Ivana Milojevic and Sohail Inayatullah THE NARRATIVE CONTEXT During the global financial crisis over a decade ago, the Financial Times (Yergin: 2009) reported that at its heart this was a narrative crisis. How one creates national policy and strategy depends on the story one uses. Depending on the narrative used – i.e., a mortgage crisis, a…

Act locally, think globally

By Lísia Castro When we approach a complex social problem, whose solutions depend on profound transformations in the way we think and act, it may sound utopian to imagine the world without it. Imagine a world without poverty, without hunger, without exploitation. Maybe we don’t feel able to act on all the fronts we think are necessary to face the problem or to integrate so…

Are we ready for a real reset?

By M. Pacheco Reading the news this morning, I came upon an article that sparked my interest. It was entitled: “No more business as usual: in ‘The Great Reset’ business schools must lead the way”. Following my curiosity, read through the article attentively (you can also read it here), and skepticism took over my mind. In the article, the two authors propose that, Business schools…

The “Great Reset” of Capitalism, by the capitalists

Francisco Dinis In Davos, Switzerland, the beginning of each year brings together the economic elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF), whose mission is to “improve the state of the world, to involve business leaders, politicians, academics and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industrial agendas”. In April 2020, the WEF published an article in which it argues that the COVID-19 pandemic…

The Bank that Broke Britain by Ian Fraser

Unlike many books that have been written about the 2007 financial crisis from an American perspective, this one takes the British angle through its story of the rise, collapse and bailout of the Royal Bank of Scotland. In his review, Tyler Shanks reveals why there is much more to the book than simply this narrative.
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